Literacy 7-12

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Extended Writing Opportunities


Increasing how much and how frequently students write improves both their writing quality and content knowledge. As students repeatedly practice composing and using writing-to-learn, they can build and deepen their Composition, Disciplinary Literacy, Vocabulary, and Syntax.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this upper elementary teacher gives her students a particular skill to focus on during their daily writing practice. For this particular practice session, students focus on improving their sentence fluency.

  • Teachers should build writing routines so that students write frequently and regularly but also practice planning, drafting, revising, and editing their compositions. Using daily prompts, journaling, expressive writing, or regular blogging opportunities to provide students with relevant writing practice in multiple contexts and genres can help students gain confidence in their writing. Incorporating peer collaboration and sharing during the writing process can encourage positive social interactions. These multiple rounds of successful practice can strengthen student writing by allowing writing to become more fluent and automatic.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    See how products like Achieve3000 embed multiple opportunities for writing in their platform. By asking students a pre-reading question and thought question after reading, students practice predicting, composing, and synthesizing their ideas with each reading activity.

  • Developers can include a chat feature that allows students to communicate in writing, either in real time or asynchronously, with authentic audiences. These chats can be informal or focused on specific skills or content areas, increasing students' Speed of Processing and Disciplinary Literacy, as well as offering Primary Language supports.
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